Awards & Winners

Academy Honorary Award

Academy Awards

The Academy Honorary Award, instituted in 1948 for the 21st Academy Awards, is given by the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards, although prior winners of competitive Academy Awards are not excluded from receiving the Honorary Award. Unless otherwise specified, Honorary Award recipients receive the same gold Oscar statuettes received by winners of the competitive Academy Awards. Unlike the Special Achievement Award instituted in 1972, those on whom the Academy confers its Honorary Award do not have to meet "the Academy's eligibility year and deadline requirements." Like the Special Achievement Award, the Special Award and Honorary Award have been used to reward significant achievements of the year that did not fit in existing categories, subsequently leading the Academy to establish several new categories, and to honor exceptional career achievements, contributions to the motion picture industry, and service to the Academy. The Honorary Award is presented at the annual Governors Awards.
Date Established : 1928

Check all the winners of Academy Honorary Award presented under Academy Awards since 1928 .

Angela Lansbury

(for her extravagant achievements in cinematic industry of her career of 75 years...)

Steve Martin

(for his excellence achievement as a Stand-Up comedian, Musician and Producer)

Piero Tosi

(for his phenomenal achievements in costume designing for last 75 years)

George Stevens Jr.

(a tireless champion of the arts in America and especially that most American of arts: the Hollywood film.)

D. A. Pennebaker

(who redefined the language of film and taught a generation of filmmakers to look to reality for inspiration.)

Hal Needham

(an innovator, mentor, and master technician who elevated his craft to an art and made the impossible look easy)

George Stevens Jr.

(a tireless champion of the arts in America and especially that most American of arts: the Hollywood film)

James Earl Jones

(For his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility.)

Dick Smith

(For his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion.)

Eli Wallach

(for a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters)

Kevin Brownlow

(For the wise and devoted chronicling of the cinematic parade.)

Jean-Luc Godard

(For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.)

Gordon Willis

(for unsurpassed mastery of light, shadow, color and motion)

Lauren Bacall

(in recognition of her central place in the golden age of motion pictures)

Roger Corman

(for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers)

Robert F. Boyle

(in recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction)

Ennio Morricone

(in recognition of his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.)

Robert Altman

(in recognition of a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike)

Sidney Lumet

(in recognition of his brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture)

Blake Edwards

(in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen)

Peter O'Toole

(whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters)

Sidney Poitier

(in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human)

Robert Redford

(Actor, director, producer, creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere)

Ernest Lehman

(To Ernest Lehman, in appreciation of a body of varied and enduring work.)

Jack Cardiff

(master of light and color)

Andrzej Wajda

(in recognition of five decades of extraordinary film direction)

Elia Kazan

(in appreciation of a long, distinguished and unparalleled career during which he has influenced the very nature of filmmaking through his creation of cinematic masterpieces)

Stanley Donen

(in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation)

Michael Kidd

(in recognition of his services to the art of the dance in the art of the screen)

Kirk Douglas

(for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community)

Chuck Jones

(for the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters whose animated lives have brought joy to our real ones for more than a half century)

Michelangelo Antonioni

(in recognition of his place as one of the cinema's master visual stylists)

Deborah Kerr

(in appreciation for a full career's worth of elegant and beautifully crafted performances)

Federico Fellini

(in recognition of his cinematic accomplishments that have thrilled and entertained worldwide audiences)

Satyajit Ray

(in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world)

Sophia Loren

(one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form)

Myrna Loy

(in recognition of her extraordinary qualities both on screen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime's worth of indelible performances)

Akira Kurosawa

(for cinematic accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained worldwide audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world)

Eastman Kodak

(in recognition of the company's fundamental contributions to the art of motion pictures during the first century of film history)

National Film Board of Canada

(in recognition of its 50th anniversary and its dedicated commitment to originate artistic, creative and technological activity and excellence in every area of film making)

Ralph Bellamy

(for his unique artistry and his distinguished service to the profession of acting)

Paul Newman

(in recognition of his many and memorable compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft)

Alex North

(in recognition of his brilliant artistry in the creation of memorable music for a host of distinguished motion pictures)

James Stewart

(for his fifty years of memorable performances. For his high ideals both on and off the screen. With the respect and affection of his colleagues)

National Endowment for the Arts

(in recognition of its 20th anniversary and its dedicated commitment to fostering artistic and creative activity and excellence in every area of the arts)

Hal Roach

(in recognition of his unparalleled record of distinguished contributions to the motion picture art form)

Mickey Rooney

(in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances)

Barbara Stanwyck

(for superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting)

Henry Fonda

(the consummate actor, in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contribution to the art of motion pictures)

Hal Elias

(for his dedication and distinguished service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Alec Guinness

(for advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances)

Walter Lantz

(for bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures)

Laurence Olivier

(for the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film)

King Vidor

(for his incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator)

Museum of Modern Art Department of Film

(for the contribution it has made to the public's perception of movies as an art form)

Margaret Booth

(for her exceptional contribution to the art of film editing in the motion picture industry)

Mary Pickford

(in recognition of her unique contributions to the film industry and the development of film as an artistic medium)

Howard Hawks

(A master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema.)

Jean Renoir

(a genius who, with grace, responsibility and enviable devotion through silent film, sound film, feature, documentary and television, has won the world's admiration)

Henri Langlois

(for his devotion to the art of film, his massive contributions in preserving its past and his unswerving faith in its future)

Groucho Marx

(in recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers in the art of motion picture comedy)

Charles S. Boren

(Leader for 38 years of the industry's enlightened labor relations and architect of its policy of non-discrimination. With the respect and affection of all who work in films.)

Edward G. Robinson

(who achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts and a dedicated sum, a Renaissance man. From his friends in the industry he loves.)

Charlie Chaplin

(for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century)

Lillian Gish

(for superlative artistry and for distinguished contribution to the progress of motion pictures)

Orson Welles

(for superlative artistry and versatility in the creation of motion pictures)

Cary Grant

(for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues)

John Chambers

Honored for : Planet of the Apes
(for his outstanding makeup achievement for Planet of the Apes)

Onna White

Honored for : Oliver!
(for her outstanding choreography achievement for Oliver!)

Arthur Freed

(for distinguished service to the Academy and the production of six top-rated Awards telecasts)

Yakima Canutt

(for achievements as a stunt man and for developing safety devices to protect stunt men everywhere)

Y. Frank Freeman

(for unusual and outstanding service to the Academy during his thirty years in Hollywood)

Bob Hope

(for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy)

William Tuttle

Honored for : 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
(for his outstanding make-up achievement for 7 Faces of Dr. Lao)

William L. Hendricks

Honored for : A Force in Readiness
(for his outstanding patriotic service in the conception, writing and production of the Marine Corps film, A Force in Readiness, which has brought honor to the Academy and the motion picture industry)

Fred L. Metzler

(for his dedication and outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Jerome Robbins

(for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film)

Gary Cooper

(for his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry)

Stan Laurel

(for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy)

Lee de Forest

(for his pioneering inventions which brought sound to the motion picture)

Buster Keaton

(for his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen)

Maurice Chevalier

(for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century)

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

(for their contributions to the advancement of the motion picture industry)

Broncho Billy Anderson

(motion picture pioneer, for his contributions to the development of motion pictures as entertainment)

Charles Brackett

(for outstanding service to the Academy)

B.B. Kahane

(for distinguished service to the motion picture industry)

Eddie Cantor

(for distinguished service to the film industry)

Musashi Miyamoto

(Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1955)

Bausch & Lomb

(for their contributions to the advancement of the motion picture industry)

Danny Kaye

(for his unique talents, his service to the Academy, the motion picture industry, and the American people)

Kemp R. Niver

(for the development of the Renovare Process which has made possible the restoration of the Library of Congress Paper Film Collection)

Greta Garbo

(for her unforgettable screen performances)

Gate of Hell

(Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1954)

20th Century Fox

(in recognition of their imagination, showmanship and foresight in introducing the revolutionary process known as CinemaScope)

Bell & Howell

(for their pioneering and basic achievements in the advancement of the motion picture industry)

Joseph Breen

(for his conscientious, open-minded and dignified management of the Motion Picture Production Code)

Pete Smith

(for his witty and pungent observations on the American scene in his series of 'Pete Smith Specialties)

Merian C. Cooper

(for his many innovations and contributions to the art of motion pictures)

Bob Hope

(or his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise)

Harold Lloyd

(master comedian and good citizen)

George Alfred Mitchell

(for the design and development of the camera which bears his name and for his continued and dominant presence in the field of cinematography)

Joseph M. Schenck

(for long and distinguished service to the motion picture industry)

Forbidden Games

(Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1952)

Gene Kelly

(In appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film)


Louis B. Mayer

(for distinguished service to the motion picture industry)

George Murphy

(for his services in interpreting the film industry to the country at large)

The Walls of Malapaga

(voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950)

Jean Hersholt

(for distinguished service to the motion picture industry.)

Fred Astaire

(for his unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures)

Cecil B. DeMille

(distinguished motion picture pioneer for 37 years of brilliant showmanship)

Bicycle Thieves

(voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949)

Walter Wanger

Honored for : Joan of Arc
(for distinguished service to the industry in adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc)

Monsieur Vincent

(voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1948)

Sid Grauman

(master showman, who raised the standard of exhibition of motion pictures)

Adolph Zukor

(a man who has been called the father of the feature film in America, for his services to the industry over a period of forty years)

Jean Hersholt

(n recognition of his service to the Academy during four terms as president)

James Baskett

Honored for : Song of the South
(for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and story teller to the children of the world in Walt Disney's Song of the South)

Thomas Armat, William Nicholas Selig, Albert E. Smith, George Kirke Spoor

(members of the small group of pioneers whose belief in a new medium, and whose contributions to its development, blazed the trail along which the motion picture has progressed, in their lifetime, from obscurity to world-wide acclaim)

Bill and Coo

(in which artistry and patience blended in a novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures)


(the high quality of this motion picture, brought to eloquent life in a country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity)

Harold Russell

Honored for : The Best Years of Our Lives
(for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives)

Laurence Olivier

Honored for : Henry V
(for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen)

Ernst Lubitsch

(for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture)

Republic Studio, Daniel J. Bloomberg, Republic Studio Sound Department

(for the building of an outstanding musical scoring auditorium which provides optimum recording conditions and combines all elements of acoustic and engineering design)

Walter Wanger

(for his six years service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Frank Sinatra, Frank Ross, Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Maltz, Earl Robinson, Abel Meeropol, RKO Pictures

Honored for : The House I Live In, The House I Live In
(tolerance short subject; produced by Frank Ross and Mervyn LeRoy; directed by Mervyn LeRoy; screenplay by Albert Maltz; song The House I Live In, music by Earl Robinson, lyrics by Lewis Allan; starring Frank Sinatra; released by RKO Radio)

Bob Hope

(for his many services to the Academy)

George Pal

Honored for : Puppetoons
(for the development of novel methods and techniques in the production of short subjects known as Puppetoons)

Charles Boyer

(for his progressive cultural achievement in establishing the French Research Foundation in Los Angeles as a source of reference for the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry)

Noël Coward

Honored for : In Which We Serve
(for his outstanding production achievement in In Which We Serve)


(for its achievement in representing the American Way of Life in the production of the 'Andy Hardy' series of films)

William Garity, John N. Hawkins, RCA, Walt Disney

Honored for : Fantasia
(for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia)

Leopold Stokowski

Honored for : Fantasia
(for their unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music in Walt Disney's production, Fantasia, thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form)

Rey Scott

Honored for : Kukan
(for his extraordinary achievement in producing Kukan, the film record of China's struggle, including its photography with a 16mm camera under the most difficult and dangerous conditions)

Ministry of Information

Honored for : Target for Tonight
(for its vivid and dramatic presentation of the heroism of the RAF in the documentary film, Target for Tonight)

Bob Hope

(in recognition of his unselfish services to the Motion Picture Industry)

Nathan Levinson

(for his outstanding service to the industry and the Army during the past nine years, which has made possible the present efficient mobilization of the motion picture industry facilities for the production of Army Training Films)

William Cameron Menzies

Honored for : Gone with the Wind
(For outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone with the Wind)

Douglas Fairbanks

(recognizing the unique and outstanding contribution of Douglas Fairbanks, first President of the Academy, to the international development of the motion picture)

Motion Picture & Television Fund

(acknowledging the outstanding services to the industry during the past year of the Motion Picture Relief Fund and its progressive leadership. Presented to Jean Hersholt, President; Ralph Morgan, Chairman of the Executive Committee; Ralph Block, First Vice-President; and Conrad Nagel)

Technicolor SA

(for its contributions in successfully bringing three-color feature production to the screen)

Walt Disney

Honored for : Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937], recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.)

J. Arthur Ball

(for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of color in Motion Picture Photography.)

Gordon Jennings, Jan Domela, Devereaux Jennings, Irmin Roberts, Art Smith, Farciot Edouart, Loyal Griggs, Loren L. Ryder, Harry D. Mills, Louis Mesenkop, Walter Oberst

Honored for : Spawn of the North
(for outstanding achievement in creating Special Photographic and Sound Effects in the Paramount production, Spawn of the North)

Oliver T. Marsh, Allen M. Davey

Honored for : Sweethearts
(for the color cinematography of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production, Sweethearts)

Harry Warner

(in recognition of patriotic service in the production of historical short subjects presenting significant episodes in the early struggle of the American people for liberty)

Edgar Bergen

(for his outstanding comedy creation, 'Charlie McCarthy')

W. Howard Greene

Honored for : A Star Is Born
(for the color photography of A Star Is Born)

Museum of Modern Art

(for its significant work in collecting films dating from 1895 to the present and for the first time making available to the public the means of studying the historical and aesthetic development of the motion picture as one of the major arts)

Mack Sennett

(for his lasting contribution to the comedy technique of the screen, the basic principles of which are as important today as when they were first put into practice, the Academy presents a Special Award to that master of fun, discoverer of stars, sympathetic, kindly, understanding comedy genius \u2013 Mack Sennett)

The March of Time

(for its significance to motion pictures and for having revolutionized one of the most important branches of the industry \u2013 the newsreel)

W. Howard Greene, Harold Rosson

Honored for : The Garden of Allah
(for the color cinematography of the Selznick International Production, The Garden of Allah)

D. W. Griffith

(for his distinguished creative achievements as director and producer and his invaluable initiative and lasting contributions to the progress of the motion picture arts)

Walt Disney

(For the creation of Mickey Mouse.)

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Honored for : The Jazz Singer

Charlie Chaplin

Honored for : The Circus
(for acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus.)